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MATH 5370 3.00MW (Winter 2015)
Financial Mathematics for Teachers
Assignments
Information about Assignments and Projects will be posted here, as it becomes
available.
Projects
There will be two projects, one pedagogical (due mid-course) and one about
the math (due at the end of the course). Both will involve giving a class
presentation and handing in a report.
Pedagogy project
The pedagogy project involves reflecting on how to bring some aspect of the
course material back into the classroom. For example, a lesson plan
based on something related to the course topics. Or a plan for basing
Data Management projects on the course material. By "course material" I
mean anything related to interest, bonds, annuities, pensions, insurance,
futures, stocks, options, derivatives, or risk (that isn't already part
of the formal curriculum). This could include computer projects using
a spreadsheet or simulation. The class presentation doesn't have to go
through the whole of the report, just give the class the main idea, so
each presentation should be 15 minutes. Reports should be 5-10 pages.
- Tuesday Feb 3: Think about possible topics for your pedagogy project, and e-mail me
a 1 or 2 paragraph proposal by Tuesday Feb 3. We'll discuss what is
expected on both Jan 29 and Feb 5.
- Thursday Feb 26: Class presentations. You will have up to 15
minutes to present, plus 5 minutes for discussion.
There is time for everyone to present this day.
We'll take a 10 minute break half
way through, which means we'll finish closer to 9pm than to 8:40pm.
Note that you are not expected to deliver the lesson you would give in
your own class. Instead your presentation should give us the highlights only,
and give us some feeling for the challenges you might face in delivering the
lesson. If it turns out you can't deliver the presentation on Feb 26, let
me know as soon as possible.
- Thursday March 26: Written reports due, either in class or by e-mail.
Math project
The math project involves researching some topic that goes beyond what
we did in class. It should have some finance in it, but also some math.
I'll schedule 2 meetings for presentations, so each should be up to 30
minutes. Reports should be 8-15 pages.
- Tuesday March 31: By e-mail, give me a paragraph describing
your proposed project. If you aren't sure what a reasonable topic would
be, talk to me in class on March 26 (or before).
- April 23 and 30: Presentations, in S525 Ross.
- May 7: Reports due. But see the note on the course page about
an earlier deadline of May 3, if you need the grade to register in time
for June graduation.